Carnivorous Plants Unit

Learning about Carnivorous Plants....

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You may watch this learning video that 
goes along with our unit on
Carnivorous Plants

We recreated a swamp habitat in our home school room. 
we got the idea of decorating our lap book cover a bit 

we decided to get crafty and design the cover of our lap book.

A view at the inside of the lap book

The Venus Fly Trap 

We added a tongue and teeth just to make it fun and cute.

On the other side we added pitcher plants

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Making A Cover that Stands Out

In your download you will be given instructions on
how to make this cover with your students.

Thomas Jefferson Lap Book

A life full of contradictions and yet he became the third president of the
United States and the drafter for the Declaration of Independence.
This month we are dedicating our history class to his life
here and there
we have also touched on the effect of the French Revolution not just in his
life views but also in the American Revolutionary vision.

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Details about Lap Book

Title Page
Jefferson's Desk: 
Virginia University
Monticello as a Plnatation
the Nail Factory
Thomas Jefferson's Childhood 
Declaration of Independence
Louisiana Purchase
Inside Monticello
Facts about Jefferson
The Hemming's Legacy
Thomas Jefferson Presidency
A Day in Monticello

Please note that this lap book has no reader but some of the inserts come 
already written in case you want to use them.

View our Field Trip to Monticello

More Photos of Completed Lap Book

You will need a one file folder and an extra card stock
You will print all contents of lap book and glue them in place

More detailed view of lap book

More detailed view of inside lap book and mini books inside.

Visiting Monticello

After completing our Unit on Jefferson we decided to take a 
field trip to Monticello.

The Estate is in itself 5,000 acres. 
At the visitor's center down the mountain has a coffee shop and 
a place to buy tickets. 
You may purchase two types of tickets.
One is a tour of the cellar and the first floors of the house.
A second tour is available and that will take you to the Dome.

Inside Jefferson's house photography or video is not allowed.
You are only to take photos of the outside of the Estate.

After purchasing either tickets you will take a shutter that will drive you up
the mountain where Monticello is located.
This shutter will provide a small historical summary of Monticello.

Once inside some of the replicated artifacts of the Lewis and Clark expedition
are on display and also some of the furniture and books used by Jefferson.


Reminiscent to the days Jefferson spent in France just before
the French Revolution started. You can see that while
Jefferson lived in a small part of Monticello he started construction French style
once he came back from France.
The arches and wide entrances are an example of this as well as the bold
pillars that stand in the front of the house.


Among the amazing things are the revolving door in the dining room, 
the wine cellar and of course the double doors of the study.
These are still in working condition and you may have the kids
try a replicated wine pull system on the cellar.
Pretty interesting stuff!!

Monticello as a Plantation

You may also walk down to Mulberry Row plantation 
for a slavery tour as well as the cellar where the kitchen is.

Down to the outside where the Mulberry Row tour begins.

Since we took this tour as part of our Unit Study it was
important for us to also touch of the dark side of Monticello
and that was slavery and the Nail Factory ran by Jefferson's overseers.

Slavery and children

Children worked at this factory sorting nails until they were old enough
to make them. 
They were regularly wiped and lived in the poorest conditions you can 

The Heming's Legacy

During our visit we were able to observe and talk about
the Heming Legacy and all the descendants of Jefferson still 
alive today, as well as see where Sally Hemings quarters were.

We were able to visit the Kitchen and see some of the furniture 
done by the Hemings inside Monticello.

Plantation tour begins here. Outside of Monticello. 

Some of the slave structures remain and in the back you can see the vegetable garden.
You can observe the condition in which the slaves lived. 

Our experience in Monticello

Even to this day it is understood that Jefferson was a man of many deeds,
However, his flaws were as great as his deeds.
He remains a controversial figure in the history of the United States.
A man who fought for the freedom of all and yet owned so more 
than 600 souls freeing only seven of them after death.

More Photos

Jefferson's Tomb

Walking the grounds of Monticllo

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